Rose Water & Lavender Body Wash ~ Support Small Business 🌹🌿

Welcome to my support small business series! Today, I’m reviewing two wonderful products from Nandi Skincare, a brand with products formulated by hand in North Carolina, USA.

This rose water is made with witch hazel and alcohol-free. It is generously formulated with fresh rose petals and rosebuds. On the bottle, it states to spray it onto a cotton ball or pad to use. I also like to spray the rose water directly into my hands when I come out of the shower and press it onto my skin.

I also love spraying the rose water on my hair and body. My skin has felt smooth and refreshed after using this product. It’s the perfect start to my skincare routine before I use liquid lotion (reviewed on glass-skin pt. 2). Rose water is also useful to use before steaming your face. I like to wet my face with rose water before facial steam because I find extractions are easier to do when my face is moisturized beforehand.

$12 USD, Rose Water

Rose Water Ingredients:

  1. Organic rose petals and buds
  2. Geranium floral water
  3. Alcohol-free Witch Hazel
  4. Vegetable glycerin
  5. Essential Oils

The Dark Polish Cleaning Cream is fragranced naturally with rosemary and lavender. This cleansing cream is fantastic to use on your body. I use it on my neck and upper body in the shower to even my skin tone and prevent breakouts. The lavender scent is subtle, spa-like, and aromatic. What’s great about it is that it makes my skin feel soft just like the rose water.

This small business series installment proudly features Nandi Skincare. Check out the locally made, all-natural products on the business website. ❤

Pore Correcting & Anti-Aging Skincare ~ Instant Results!

Finding products that work for enlarged pores is sometimes difficult. Here are my recommendations:

1.) Eminence Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate –

Trust the widespread positive reviews because this concentrate works. I recommended this to an older family member with visibly large pores on her cheeks and this gets rid of it instantly and over time tightens and shrinks pores. I recommend trying this out or even seeking a sample of this product.

Mangosteen Concentrate link – http://tiny.cc/u7xbmz

2.) Pores no more primer –

This primer over the mangosteen concentrate works wonders to make pores smaller on your cheeks and nose. An added perk is that it feels silky and velvety and it does not make your skin greasy.

Primer link – http://tiny.cc/29xbmz

3.) Peter Thomas Roth Collagen Eye Cream – Anti-aging eye cream

I have been diving into Peter Thomas Roth products and loving it. I got this eye cream for my mother and she enjoys it. It helped her with plumping up the skin under her eyes. My mom also uses DERMALOGICA Biolumin-C Vitamin C Eye Serum and that product is specifically excellent at brightening dark circles. I love the brand Peter Thomas Roth so much I even ordered another type of under-eye cream for myself as well.

Pete Thomas Roth Eye Cream link – http://tiny.cc/idybmz

4.) BY TERRY Cellularose Liftessence Daily Cream –

I recently learned about the brand By Terry and now I wonder what I was doing with my life beforehand. This luxury brand makes all of its products rose-infused. I purchased the daily cream for my mom and she adores the luxuriating experience and soft spa-like rose scent of the product. She uses this face lotion after using NuFace. The results were major, she looked radiant and youthful after the treatment. See NuFace review on my blog as well.

TERRY day lotion link – http://tiny.cc/ubybmz

5.) Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser –

I received this product for free with my Sokoglam order. That’s the awesome thing about Sokoglam is that they often send full-sized products for free with your order. I love this mask because it bubbles on your face and can be used as a first or second step cleanse. The bubbles make it fun to use and the clay gets into your pores to cleanse and shrink them. It is an excellent product to use to perk up and clean your skin during the mid-week.

Let’s Get Crafty! D-I-Y Spring Door Wreath

Materials used plus scissors

Crafting is an excellent way to alleviate stress and distract the mind. Have you considered celebrating spring by creating a D-I-Y door wreath?

I purchased all of my materials from Micheals. Everything amounted to $37.39 – items used: 

1.) 24″ Grapevine Wreath by Ashland® – $10.63 **currently $9.99

link to wreath – https://www.michaels.com/24in-grapevine-wreath-by-ashland/10375436.html

2.) White Mini Daisy by Ashland® (3) – 75 cents each

3.) Panacea™ Green Floral Wire, 26 Gauge (1) (To attach flowers to wreath) – $2.75

4.) Yellow Narcissus Bush by Ashland® (2) – $5.89

5.) Yellow Berry & Tea Leaf Bush by Ashland® (1) – $5.44

6.) Yellow Carnation Stem by Ashland® (1) – $2.59

Step 1

I took apart all of the flowers from the leaves to create double the amount of accessories to use with scissors.

I added the leaves from the Yellow Narcissus Bush to the back of the wreath to frame it and then put the Yellow Berry & Tea Leaf Bush on top using green floral wire to fasten each piece.

Step 2

I added the Yellow Carnation Stem to the front of the arrangement and then Yellow Narcissus Bush flowers after the Yellow Berry & Tea Leaf Bush. Lastly, I added the Mini White Daisies to the bottom with some green leaves and interspersed a few of them into the Yellow Narcissus Bush flowers.

Step 3

The wreath is all done! I would check out Pinterest for inspiration as well to get started. There are so many color and style options from lavender, to all orange, or all roses, to beach style, and wreath sizes to choose from online. I’d check out Micheals first because they currently have a sale for 20% off. Happy crafting! ❤

StackedSkincare Body Peel

Have you ever used StackedSkincare TCA Multi-body peel? I enjoy this peel because it is effective on your skin for several days after application and continues to work after multiple regular showers. The peel has five acids that help diminish dark spots and body acne. It has Lactic acid, Trichloroacetic Acid, and Salicylic Acid to kill acne-causing bacteria, brighten, and hydrate your skin. I use this product two to three times a week as directed in the instructions.

I apply it with the silicon brush tool from Amazon in a small dish. I recommend using a silicon brush this way the bristles in a regular brush do not absorb or waste any product.

Find my silicon brush affiliate link here https://amzn.to/2X3dtvZ

Why I recommend this body peel to anyone struggling with body acne or anyone who wants clearer, more even and radiant skin all over their body:

It is packaged smartly with an inner covered lid so that no product spills during travel.

It is effective with a 100% results rating on the site, even for skin issues like rosacea or marks left behind from shingles.

It is easy to use and fragrance-free. Also, it starts working immediately after one to two applications.

It costs $125.00 on StackedSkincare and they have discount codes active now and email sign-up discounts, check it out. https://cutt.ly/ftUzMVu

Dermaplaning at Home (Glass Skin pt. 1)

This post is an installment for a two-part series on how to achieve clear glass skin at home. My step one of glass skincare is dermaplaning.

I recommend StackedSkincare’s dermaplaning tool because it is safe to use and has more blade exposed than the typical tool. I believe effectiveness and safety are important components for dermaplaning so I recommend investing in a good tool rather than purchasing a cheap product. The cost of this tool from StackedSkincare is $75.

Find link here: https://cutt.ly/HtUz1du

I use witch hazel after dermaplaning to clean up my face and close my pores.

If you purchase this product, note that changing the blade is tricky. I suggest that you always keep the cover on the blade when changing blades and use a tool to help “hit” it off the wand. The brand has a video on how to use this tool and on how to change the blade on YouTube. I also bought a pack of blade replacements from the site. I clean the tool with rubbing alcohol after each use. The blade needs to get replaced monthly.

Why is Dermaplanning Great for your Skin?

  1. It prevents breakouts
  2. Gets rid of dead skin and peach fuzz
  3. Softens skin
  4. Reduces fine lines

Peach fuzz and facial hair darken and shade your face, this is a major obstacle in the way of achieving glass skin. That’s why I recommend bi-weekly dermaplaning at home as step 1 for glass skin. Let’s have glass skin together! Look forward to my second installment because the products used after this treatment can help you achieve glass skin. ❤

Spa-like Body Care at Home: Anti-Aging Lotion, Lip & Body Scrubs 🌼🌸🍊

It is a fantastic time to do a little spa self-care at home right now. I recommend trying out D-I-Y body scrubs made of olive oil and brown sugar, or perhaps purchasing products.

A body scrub I’ve been enjoying is Mostory Grapefruit Body Scrub. The sea salt texture is coarse enough that I feel like it is restoring my skin. I like that the scrub leaves coconut oil, vitamin C, and vitamin E on my skin so my skin does not feel dry afterward.

I enjoy using it as a final step in my spa shower routine on legs, underarms, and back. I ordered the grapefruit scent from the Mostory line on Amazon. The smell is present yet not overpowering and refreshing, a blend of citrus and grapefruit. The packaging is also nice enough that this scrub would make a nice gift as well. Cost $9.99

Find my affiliate link to the body scrub here: https://amzn.to/2QtTz9C

Another excellent scrub is the Red Roses Sugar lip scrub from NCLA. What I love about this scrub is that it leaves a chapstick like coating on your lips after you wash it off that lasts several hours. It smells so deliciously sweet like roses and strawberries and it has both vitamin C and E.

This lip scrub tastes delicious as well if any accidentally ends up in your mouth. It cost about $18 on Dolls Kill and Revolve.

No spa shower experience is complete without a body lotion and Dr. Barbara Sturm anti-aging body lotion jam-packed with antioxidants is a perfect choice. I’ve read about Dr. Barbara Sturm’s line online and I’ve wanted to try out products for a few months now.

I’m impressed by how nourishing the lotion feels. It sinks into my skin and completely changes the texture of the skin. I still noticed results the next day, and it made my skin plumper and softer immediately. I recommend using this product on your hands and neck especially. It cost around $95 online at several stores. ❤

Pat Mcgrath Labs Foundation Review

Pat McGrath Labs foundation has light-medium coverage. I purchased the foundation in shade # 17.

PROS:

I love the lightweight feel of the foundation and how natural it looks on my face. It softly blurs imperfections, but it does not completely cover them or suffocate your skin.

I love the packaging of the product in a frosted glass bottle because it looks and feels luxurious.

The quality of the product shines through in pictures because it gives the face a natural glow.

CONS:

My skin does get oily mid-day while wearing this foundation. However, my skin gets this way regardless of if I wear makeup or not. I think a mid-day powder touch-up is necessary while wearing this foundation or investment in a good shine control primer.

I recommend trying out a sample of the foundation at Sephora before purchasing to see how your skin responds. Overall, the quality shines just as with other Pat McGrath Labs products. ❤

🍓Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum 🍓

Eminence’s Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum helps plump your skin with rhubarb, strawberry, and honey. This serum also contains aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and a bio complex made of antioxidants. The strawberry acts as a natural astringent and contains salicylic acid to brighten the skin and gently exfoliate. I decided to try out this product in my skincare rotation because it is more affordable than the Dior plump yet yields similar results.

The texture of the serum feels sticky on my fingers but not on my face. It feels like strawberry juice made if I were to squeeze a handful of strawberries in my hand. The smell is slightly sweet but it disappears over time and is not overpowering. The cost is around $48 for this serum. Do you like Eminence products? ❤

Recycled Clothing Brand & Color Inspired Outfits

Vanessa Mooney is a brand I love because its locally made in Los Angeles, CA. A major bonus is that they use recycled fabrics! I love supporting smaller businesses that encourage environmentally conscious shopping. Though I do partake in fast fashion I’m trying to cut down. I love the romantic aesthetic of Venessa Mooney’s clothing and jewelry.

Another small brand I love is Telfar. I love the faux leather classic design and I plan on purchasing one to use this fall for my notebooks and laptop.  https://shop.telfar.net/

I gravitate towards the 70s and 80s inspired outfits because of two distinctive points in my life. 80s fashion is dear to my heart because I grew up during a major 80s clothing revival period during the mid-2000s. I vividly remember the transition from baggy pants to colorful skinny jeans sported in hues ranging from cherry red or emerald. I would always watch my older sister and her high school friends listening to Slick Rick while wearing thick gold chains layered over short-sleeved shirts. Later I grew a likeness for the 70s inspired clothing popular in California at the time. I still enjoy the 80s and 70s fashion wave.

Brands like Venessa Mooney and Stoned Immaculate cater to vintage-inspired looks and I plan on doing my spring and summer clothing shopping at both stores. Lately, I’ve enjoyed taking pictures of nature and creating outfits based on the colors I see. ❤

Color Inspiration

Shades of Blue

Urban Outfitters dress in blue

Pink, Peach, & Fuchsia

Vanessa Mooney Romper
Sunset colors in nails and earrings

Now that Spring is almost here, get inspired by the colors around you

Facial Steamer

The Nanosteamer not only steams your face but it also functions as a towel warmer and humidifier. I love doing sheet masks at home and I thought facial steam seemed like a great addition to my skincare and self-care routine. This steamer recommends only using purified water.

I like that this device is quiet and the length of use is up to you. There are no alarms or sounds to signal anything. The instructions do list timed recommendations ( like a towel becomes fully warmed in about 5 minutes for example). I typically steam my face about 10 minutes. You can also use this product to steam your hair as well. There is an additional facial tool kit to extract pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. I’m immensely happy with it so far and the price is excellent too, only about USD 39. ❤

Nanosteamer Amazon link https://amzn.to/2P2K1ld